health and social care providers

Professional Discipline: What Does It Actually Mean To Be ‘Professionally Regulated’?

Whilst many students or trainees have a vague idea of what it means to be professionally regulated, they will only truly understand the full extent of their professional obligations when they join the register and face the stark reality of potentially receiving a patient complaint or being brought before their regulator. This article aims to …

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Professional Discipline: Dual Regulation – Double The Benefits, Double The Headache?

Healthcare practitioners that have undertaken additional accredited training may consider whether to become dual regulated. By dual regulated, we mean a healthcare practitioner becoming a registrant of two regulators. As an example, and after completing the requisite training and qualifications required: a British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) registered Psychotherapist becoming registered with the …

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Safeguarding In Adult Social Care: Harnessing A Runaway Train

During my time as a Solicitor at Ridouts I have been approached regularly by health and social care providers who are overwhelmed, frustrated or simply confused about complex safeguarding investigations. Processes to report and manage allegations and then fully investigate them are in place in order to protect vulnerable people. There are few that would …

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Joint Committee Publishes Final Report On The Draft Mental Health Bill 2022

On 19 January 2023, the Joint Committee published its final report on the draft Mental Health Bill 2022. The draft Bill was introduced following the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 1983 (“MHA”) which was chaired by Professor Sir Simon Wessely in 2018. The Review made recommendations in relation to addressing the increase in …

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NHS Funding For Care Home Placements To Relieve Bed Pressures

It was very welcome news that a Government summit had recommended implementation of a policy to provide extra “band aid” funding (£200m initially) to assist the relocation of patients from unsuitable hospital accommodation to the more homely and appropriate placement of those people in care homes which are much more suited to their chronic illnesses …

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Living in a Post COVID-19 Society – What Restrictions Remain?

As we move into a less restrictive post-COVID-19 world, providers will want to be vigilant about infection, prevention and control (“IPC”) measures. The Government has announced numerous changes in the last year which greatly reduced the burden on providers when it came to IPC measures, including removing regular mandatory COVID-19 testing and facemask requirements in …

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Why Being Organised And Retaining Evidence Is Important, Now More Than Ever For Providers

With a new inspection strategy, the CQC are shifting from regular routine inspections to one based on risk, underpinned by data collection. The health and social care sector, however, should be judged, in part, on service users’ experiences and the level of care they receive which is extremely difficult to capture based on data collection …

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Are Your Representations Against CQC Notices of Proposal Being Ignored?

At Ridouts we are frequently seeing that the CQC is automatically adopting Notices of Proposal, seemingly ignoring, or not testing the validity of, the representations submitted by Providers. In some cases the CQC is sending out Notices of Decision months after the Notice of Proposal was issued and therefore months and months, in some cases …

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New Mandatory Training Requirement For All CQC Registered Health And Social Care Providers

The CQC has updated its statutory guidance on compliance with Regulation 18 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014. This reflects a change in law, as of today (1 July 2022), that requires all health and social care providers registered with the CQC to ensure their staff have received training …

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Receiving and acting on complaints – Could the CQC be due some self-reflection?

An effective complaints system is a key component to ensuring openness and transparency as well as encouraging internal insight within an organisation. In the health and social care sector, this is applicable both to Providers and those that regulate them. However, over the past few years at Ridouts we have noted a dilution in the …

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